The expertise of charities that are blazing a trail in community nursing transformation should be harnessed around the decision-making table, health experts have urged.
The current funding model for palliative and end-of-life care is “unsustainable,” a leading charity has warned, after it found 20% of surveyed hospices were cutting services due to financial pressures.
Nursing staff who helped organise a surprise wedding ceremony for a patient undergoing end-of-life care have described how proud they are to be able to “touch patients’ lives”.
Teams from six wards at three acute trusts have been praised for their efforts to deliver personalised end of life care, including enabling more people to die at home and plan their final days.
Training on ethics, communication and conflict management should be more widely available to healthcare staff – or even made compulsory – to help avoid distressing disputes about the care of critically ill babies and children, according to new guidance.
Patients at home who are approaching the end-of-life experience substantially better pain relief if they receive specialist palliative care from a nurse, according to researchers.
A hospice in Newcastle upon Tyne has partnered up with a leading charity to provide a specialist dementia nurse to help “transform” vital end of life care and to support families of those with condition.
GP surgeries can now display a “daffodil mark” as a sign of commitment to improving end of life care, as part of a new partnership between the Royal College of General Practice and the charity Marie Curie.
Improvements to out-of-hours palliative care are urgently needed to protect people from harm and unnecessary suffering, researchers have warned.
A hospital in Oswestry is set to provide a national end-of-life care initiative to support patients in their final days of life and their families into bereavement.